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Here's Hoping You Never Get A Hotel Bill Like This One

The same folks who have sponsored essay contests about the costs of medical care have a subversive video out that puts health care charges and billing in a pretty embarrassing light. A big bill from the Hotel Hospital.
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For The Tavenners, Health Care Is All In The Family

Marilyn Tavenner is the acting administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Matt, assistant administrator at Jackson Purchase Medical Center in Mayfield, Ky., is her son.
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When Caregivers Are Left With Nothing More To Give

Caring for elderly parents can be a financial and emotional challenge for many families. In her Can I Just Tell You essay, host Michel Martin explores what's at stake when adult children become caregivers in their parents' final years.
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FDA Scientists Feel A Little Better About Where They Work

Scientists at the Food and Drug Administration are feeling more optimistic about the future of their agency than they were back in 2006, according to a survey just out from the Union of Concerned Scientists. But they still report concerns about outside pressures on the agency's decisions and policies.
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Coca-Cola Modifies Caramel Color To Avoid Cancer Warning Label

California recently listed a compound found in caramel color used to make colas as a carcinogen — a claim the industry denies. But to avoid cancer warning labels on soda cans, manufacturers like Coca-Cola are now switching to a new formulation of the coloring.
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Commentary: Mental Health Of D.C. Youth Needs To Be Priority

Judith Sandalow says that as the D.C. Council evaluates the performance of the city's Department of Mental Healthit's, it's time to focus on giving at-risk children the mental health services they need.

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Deaths From Dangerous Gut Bacteria Hit Historic Highs

The CDC is urging hospitals, nursing homes, clinics and doctors to step up the fight against the spread of C. difficile. The bacterial infection can cause life-threatening diarrhea and other complications.

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